Budget Brief: L.A. County, Legislators React To Proposed Child Care RealignmentJune 4, 2012
A resolution rejecting Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to shift state child care programs to local counties was unanimously passed May 22 by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas introduced the resolution, which urges the state to minimize harm in any changes that would affect child development services. According to the resolution, Brown's plan would result in a 30 percent reduction to subsidized child care in L.A. County, and lead to the loss of $150 million in child care subsidies.
As part of the resolution, L.A. County will send a letter to Brown pushing for the elimination of duplicate contracts and urging other cost-saving alternatives instead. Speakers in support of the motion included Cristina Alvarado of the Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles and former First 5 LA Commissioner Jacqueline McCroskey, who represented the L.A. County Policy Roundtable for Child Care.
"It's not an overstatement to think in terms of these proposed cuts being drastic," noted Ridley-Thomas. "I am not persuaded that there aren't alternatives to be considered."
The full motion can be found online here.
Meanwhile in Sacramento, state lawmakers convened to examine Brown's revised budget plans for child care. After lengthy hearings, both the Assembly and Senate education subcommittees opted to leave the issue open. In related news, members of the Legislative Women's Caucus submitted letters to the Assembly and Senate budget chairs, urging legislators to reject the proposed child care cuts.
For more information, please contact Ruel Nolledo at RNolledo@First5LA.org.
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